COMING UP: The
CATCH THE ACTION: As always,
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Bonvicini has spent 16 of her 28 years as a head coach at
The Wildcats overcame a 34-30 halftime deficit by shooting 52.0 percent (13-25) from the field in the second half.
Senior Casey Nash led
The Wildcats kept close with the Beavers at the beginning of the second half, and tied the game at 42-42 on a layup by Hollingsworth with 9:53 left to play. Two free throws by Amina Njonkou at the 9:59 mark gave the Wildcats their first lead since the 17:30 mark in the first.
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ABOUT THE DUCKS: The
THE OREGON-ARIZONA SERIES: Thursday’s game will be the 45th meeting all-time between the Wildcats and the Ducks on the hardwood, with
Under Bonvicini's tutelage, the Wildcats have finished in the upper tier of the Pac-10 in nine of the last 10 years, and in 2003-04 won a share of the conference regular-season title for the first time in school history. During this time,
Bonvicini's success is mirrored in her players' accolades. She has produced one All-American, five honorable mention All-America selections, a Pac-10 Player of the Year, three Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year, 21 All-Pac-10 honorees, 16 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team choices and 11 Academic All-Pac-10 selections. Bonvicini holds a 275-199 (.580) mark at
WIN #600: Head coach Joan Bonvicini earned her 600th career victory on Thursday night, as the Wildcats defeated Oregon State, 65-61. Bonvicini became the 18th women’s basketball coach in NCAA Division I history to accomplish the 600-win plateau.
Joan Bonvicini Coaching Career Win Milestones:
First Career Win:
Nov. 17, 1979 - vs. Drake, 97-67
100th Career Win:
March 4, 1983 - vs.
200th Career Win:
Jan. 22, 1987 - vs.
300th Career Win:
March 10, 1990 - vs. Pacific, 85-83
400th Career Win:
Dec. 1, 1996 - vs. Long Beach State, 97-57
500th Career Win:
Feb. 3, 2001 - vs. Oregon State, 83-73
600th Career Win:
Feb. 8, 2007 - vs. Oregon State, 65-61
HOME AGAINST THE PAC:
GET AHEAD, STAY AHEAD:
CARDIAC CATS: So far this season, the Wildcats have succeeded in the close ball games.
MAGIC NUMBER: On the season,
RUN IT, RUN IT: So far this season,
25 points: 30-5 scoring run over 12:50 in the first half vs.
21 points: 30-9 run over the final 6:53 of the first half at UTEP
18 points: 23-5 run over the first 12:38 of the second half vs.
16 points: 16-0 run over 3:13 in the first half vs. Louisiana Tech
16 points: 20-4 run over the final 8:11 of the game at
15 points: 15-0 run over 4:40 in the first half vs. GW
14 points: 15-1 run over 3:57 in the second half vs.
12 points: 16-4 run over 5:16 in the second half vs. Stanford
12 points: 17-5 run over 3:30 in the second half vs. UCLA
12 points: 12-0 run over 5:55 in first half vs. NC State
12 points: 18-6 run over the final 7:50 of the game vs.
11 points: 14-3 run over 9:20 to start the second half vs.
10 points: 17-7 run over 6:24 in the first half vs.
10 points: 13-3 run over 4:24 in the second half vs.
10 points: 10-0 run over 1:47 in the second half vs. GW
10 points: 10-0 run over 3:54 in the first half vs. USC
THE BIG, BAD RUN: Although
26 points: 31-5 scoring run to
23 points: 33-10 run to
21 points: 26-5 run to Texas A&M in the final 7:31 of the first half
20 points: 26-6 run at
19 points: 27-8 run to Stanford over 7:41 in the first half
16 points: 16-0 run to
16 points: 21-5 run to UTEP in the final 3:37 of the game
14 points: 17-3 run at
13 points: 13-0 run to
13 points: 16-3 run to Louisiana Tech over 5:29 in the first half
12 points: 14-2 run to USC over 7:14 in the first half
12 points: 13-1 run at
12 points: 16-4 run to
12 points: 15-3 run to
11 points: 11-0 run to
11 points: 16-5 run to USC over 4:04 in the second half
11 points: 15-4 run to USC in the final 4:23 of the game
11 points: 15-4 run to
10 points: 10-0 run to
10 points: 10-0 run to UCLA over the final 2:34 of the first half
WATCH YOUR POCKETS: The Wildcats have excelled at picking the pockets of opponents this season.
OFFENSIVE BOARDS: So far this season, the Wildcats have done a solid job on the offensive glass. On the year, the Wildcats have grabbed 349 offensive rebounds.
GETTING TO THE LINE: The Wildcats have improved on their free throw shooting in the second half of the season, as
KEEP IT UP:
BOMBS NOT AWAY:
STILL GOT THE W:
LEADING LATE: The Wildcats are 7-1 this season when leading with one minute left in the game.
GIVE HER THE ROCK: Senior Joy Hollingsworth has been on an absolute tear the last three games, as she scored 20 points or more for the third-straight outing with 20 points on Thursday against OSU. In the last three games, Hollingsworth is averaging 22.0 points a game, while shooting 50.0 percent (26-52) from the field, and 45.8 percent (11-24) from three point range. She is also averaging 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per contest in the last three. The only blemish in her shooting has been at the free throw line, from which she is shooting just 37.5 percent (3-8) in the last three games.
ON POINT: Junior Ashley Whisonant has provided the Wildcats with a much needed spark off the bench. In the last two games coming off the bench, Whisonant is averaging 16.0 points and 4.5 assists a game. She finished with 15 points and six assists against
PT FOR LP: Senior guard Linda Pace’s stats might not jump out from the box score, but her play has been pivotal for the Wildcats’ success as of late.
THE BIG 2-0: She might only stand 5-foot-4 (with shoes on), but junior Jessica Arnold has helped power the Wildcat offense the second half of the season. The
What is most impressive about
MS. CONSISTENCY: Sophomore Amina Njonkou has been a monster with her play in the paint this season, as she has become one of
Njonkou leads the team with 83 offensive rebounds (tops in the Pac-10), and is shooting 47.3 percent (88-186) from the field. She is the only Wildcat this season to post a double-double, as she leads the team with four, including two in her last four games. Against
Against USC, Njonkou posted her third double-double of the season with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high four assists. So far this season, she has recorded five rebounds or more in 23 of her 26 games.
BRING IT: Like every season,
This week, six of
CATS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN THE PAC-10: The
The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 points, as